Game 68: Yankees at Athletics
NEW YORK YANKEES (35-32) at OAKLAND ATHLETICS (41-27)
LHP Vidal Nuno (1-2, 4.97) vs. RHP Jesse Chavez (5-4, 3.04)
Sunday, June 15, 2014 • O.co Coliseum • 4:05 P.M. ET
Game #68 • Road Game #39 • TV: YES • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
And a pleasant good afternoon from Oakland, where the Yankees will complete this 10-game road trip today with the rubber game of a three-game set against the A’s. The Yanks dropped two of three in Kansas City and swept the Mariners in Seattle, so they could finish the trip 6-3 with a victory here today. It’s a gorgeous day, temperatures in the low 60s and mostly clear.
Happy Father’s Day, everyone. It has been almost 24 years since I was surprised with tickets to a June 23, 1990 game between the Mets and Phillies at Shea Stadium. I wore my Little League jersey and bought a scorecard. Dwight Gooden pitched a shutout, Darryl Strawberry hit a three-run homer and I’ve been going to the ballpark ever since. Thank you, Dad.
Here are some of the quick hits from today’s Yankees notebook:
As promised, there was no mention of the ‘flip play’ as the Athletics paid tribute to Derek Jeter’s career at the o.Co Coliseum. Instead, the team suggested a relaxing wine country sendoff for the retiring Yankees captain.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin and hitting coach Chili Davis, both former teammates of Jeter’s, represented the organization in a brief ceremony held at home plate before Sunday’s series finale – Jeter’s 76th and last regular season game at the Coliseum.
“With that kind of a resume? It’s pretty spectacular,” said Melvin, who played with Jeter at Triple-A Columbus in 1995. “He’s not really into the individual number thing, he’s always been about the team numbers. It’s pretty impressive. And we’ve gotten to do it a couple years in a row, with [Mariano] Rivera last year too. They’re two guys that have meant so much to the game.”
The A’s presented Jeter with a customized three litre bottle of Abreu Madrona Ranch Cabernet – 2009, a very good year, in Jeter’s opinion – and a private tour with the wine maker at the Abreu Vineyard, plus a stay the Meadowood resort in Napa Valley.
In addition, the A’s made a donation in the amount of $10,002 to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.
The Yankees allowed themselves a sigh of relief on Sunday morning when Mark Teixeira arrived at the o.Co Coliseum and announced that he was ready to play, one day after a sore left ribcage knocked him out of the lineup.
“I’m sure I’ll be all right,” said Teixeira, who went through a full batting practice and reported no issues.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was relieved to learn that Teixeira’s issue was not related to the oblique, which could have necessitated a stint on the disabled list. Teixeira leads the Yankees in homers (11) and RBIs (31).
“He’s a big home run threat. He’s an RBI guy,” Girardi said. “He’s huge in the middle of the order between some lefties; a switch hitter that really does damage against left-handers if they want to bring in a lefty to face some of our guys.”
The Yankees are not ready to push the panic button on rookie Yangervis Solarte, who entered Sunday’s game hitless in his last 16 at-bats.
“I think he’ll get going. I think it’s just kind of what you go through as a hitter,” Girardi said. “The West Coast hasn’t been real kind to him, so he’s probably glad we’re going home after today. You kind of go through it. He’ll be fine.”
Solarte got the nod at second base for the second consecutive day on Sunday, as the Yankees try to give Brian Roberts (sore right knee) extra rest leading into Monday’s off-day.
Girardi said that he prefers to play Solarte at second base over Kelly Johnson, who started at third base, because most of Johnson’s defensive attention has been focused at the infield corners.
“Kelly really hasn’t done a lot of work at second this year,” Girardi said. “Solo has done a little bit more, and that’s kind of why we stuck with it.”